In Windows 10 build 10122 Microsoft has changed the setup program. While installing it, I noticed some changes to the Setup program. It has a new appearance and certain behaviors are changed. Let's see what has changed.
The Setup program continues to use the same layout which was introduced with Windows 10 build 10074. It shows the same pages and options, however, the appearance is changed from a white background to soft blue. I welcome this change because that white background didn't look so good - well to me anyway.
However, there is a new change which has made this build worse for me than previously released Technical Previews. During a clean install, Windows 10 build 10122 forces you to use a Microsoft Account! There is no option to bypass this requirement if you are connected to the internet. There is no option or link to create a local account any more.
This is how the new account page looked in Windows 10 build 10074:
UPDATE: There is an option to bypass the Microsoft Account requirement. Our reader Rick reported the following:
It’s not just Enterprise: Pro allows it, too. If you click “My Organization,” you’ll see a link to create a local account on the next page. If you click “I do,” then enter a Hotmail login with a bogus password once or twice and you’ll be brought to a local account creation screen as a result.
Thanks to Rick for sharing the info.
I was installing Windows 10 Pro and was not able to create a local account until I disabled network access for my Virtualbox VM. This helped and then I got all the required options to create a local account:
This is not only inconvenient but also deceptive. In my opinion, Microsoft should not try to force a Microsoft Account as many people do not want to use it. I am sure I am not alone in using Windows this way and I see no reason for Microsoft to change the setup program behavior.
Some users report that the Enterprise edition of Windows 10 still offers the ability to create a local account in build 10122. However, the Enterprise version will only be available to volume license customers and is not designed for personal or mainstream use. Maybe it is just a bug in the setup program or something related to internal tests performed by developers of Windows 10. Personally, I would like to see the ability to create a local account during the setup stage in the release version of Windows 10.
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